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General Motors Announces Increased Investment in Electric Vehicles General Motors (GM) announced plans this week to invest $27 billion on electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025, $7 billion more than the amount they promised before the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, GM will launch 30 electric vehicle models by 2025 around the world, with over two thirds…

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New Lobby Group Sets Goal of All Electric Vehicle Sales by 2030 This week, the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) announced their organizational goal of 100 percent electric vehicle sales by the end of the decade. ZETA is a coalition of 28 businesses across the United States, including utility groups like Pacific Gas and Electric,…

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U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Includes NHTSA Stakeholder Telematics Language The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has released their bill for the FY 2021 budget. This bill allocates $25.6 billion for the Department of Transportation in discretionary budget authority. In the following explanatory document for this bill, the committee…

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U.S. House of Representatives Rules Committee Discusses National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules meets on Tuesday to markup H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020. This bill is intended to expand apprenticeships by establishing the structure and responsibilities of the Office of Apprenticeship and the National Advisory…

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November 3 Election Updates: In Progress November 3 concluded a long and contentious election season, and results are coming in.   The presidential election is still too close to call, with a significant number of mail-in and absentee ballots still being counted. President Donald Trump leads in crucial swing states Pennsylvania and North Carolina, while…

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Massachusetts Passes Right to Repair Ballot Initiative Last night, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly passed Question 1 “Right to Repair” ballot initiative, 75 percent to 25 percent. This proposal expands upon the previously passed Right to Repair initiative. expanding the scope to include telematics information.   This was a hotly contested initiative, and both sides spent millions…

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ASA Urges Shops to Contact Congress to Move New COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package This week in Congress, talks continue between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, other Republican congressional leaders, and members of the Trump Administration to finalize another stimulus package for COVID-19 relief.  Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin have been…

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UPDATE: PA Senate Bill 745 Defeated on House Floor Pennsylvania Senate Bill 745 was defeated on the House floor yesterday evening in a vote of 96 to 105. If passed, SB 745 would have updated the rules for emissions testing in the regions of Pittsburg and Philadelphia for vehicles with a model year of 1996…

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ASA Urges Pennsylvania Residents to Send a Letter Supporting SB 745 This week in Pennsylvania, SB 745 may come up for a vote in the House of Representatives. SB 745 will update the rules for emissions testing in the regions of Pittsburg and Philadelphia for vehicles 8,501 and 9,000 pounds with a model year of…

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California Air Resource Board Addresses Tampering with Vehicle Emission Systems The California Air Resource Board (CARB) sent a letter this week to automakers and other vehicle and engine manufacturers regarding unapproved hardware or software programs in vehicles that interfere with emission control systems. CARB encouraged automakers to disclose any defeat devices or undisclosed modifications designed…

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